Each week I visit my sweet friend Amy, who is also my children's piano teacher. So when they are having their lessons, if the weather is good, I get to sit quietly in her garden and sketch. She has a beautiful garden filled with rambling wild flowers and every time I visit, there is something different blooming.
Over the past few weeks I have been putting together a montage of the various flowers as they bloomed. I took some liberties by adding a frangipani or two, which are one of my favorites (I think one of the things I miss the most about home is the tropical flowers). I just love the chorus of color that explodes and the beautiful insects it attracts.
I've tried growing wildflowers in my garden, but they seem to just look messy. I did manage to plant some beautiful garden beds filled with impatience, but sadly they were all destroyed in the recent storms.
These paintings represent elements of Amy's garden. Sometimes I wonder if my love of painting colorful flowers gets boring, but it's something I feel energized by doing. Every now and again I try something else, but I always find my way back to the flowers.
If you'd like to see more of this montage, and the page in full, check out flickr here.